Nine Ways to Protect Your Peepers

Of course, no one wants to lose his or her eyesight. But, at the same time, most people take their eyesight for granted. They don’t get their eyes checked; they don’t wear protective eyewear when performing tasks such as weed whacking or playing sports; they don’t wear sunglasses; and on and on.

At Central Valley Eye Medical Group, your vision is our obsession. We not only help our patients with vision problems such as dry eye or macular degeneration, but we also give you ways to help keep your eyes healthy. Protecting them isn’t difficult. Here are nine tips you should incorporate into your life to keep your eyes as healthy as they can be.

  1. Know your family history of eye disease— Find out if you are at higher risk for issues such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Are you over 65 or African-American over 40? Any of those traits can make you at a higher risk for eye disease, making regular eye exams with the team at Central Valley even more important.
  2. Have regular physical exams to check your blood pressure and possible diabetes— Patients sometimes wonder why we take their blood pressure when they come in for an eye exam. This is because high blood pressure, along with diabetes, can lead to eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration.
  3. Watch for changes in your vision— Double vision, trouble seeing in low light, red eyes, frequent flashes of light, new floaters, eye pain. All of these symptoms need immediate attention.
  4. Protect your eyes from the sun— Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV rays. Why? UV rays cause cataracts and other eye problems.
  5. Eat better— Studies are showing that eating antioxidants such as blueberries and broccoli can reduce the risk of developing cataracts. And eating fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of developing macular degeneration.
  6. Exercise more— Regular exercise can reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration by up to 70 percent.
  7. Don’t smoke— Smokers are more prone to developing age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, uveitis, and other eye problems.
  8. Get your eyes checked at least every two years— Many eye conditions don’t present symptoms until they are already beginning to damage your vision. But a comprehensive eye exam, including dilating your pupils, can determine your risk of diseases such as diabetic retinopathy.
  9. Wear protective eyewear— When playing sports, working with tools, doing yard work and the like, wear protective eyewear. This pretty much speaks for itself.

Call us at Central Valley Eye Medical Group, (800) 244-9907, to schedule your next eye exam.

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Dear Friends,

We at Central Valley Eye hope you and your families are well. During these uncertain times, we are taking all necessary precautions to keep patients and staff healthy as COVID-19 infections continue to rise. We are following CDC and American Academy of Ophthalmology guidelines, including extra diligent cleaning, and disinfecting around the office. Our waiting rooms have been reconfigured to allow more distance between chairs, and we are turning away all non-urgent patients who are symptomatic with cough or fever.

In keeping with government and institutional guidelines, as well as to promote the practice of "staying at home," we are implementing new restrictions. Starting March 20th, we will be limiting our clinic only to patients with eye conditions that could permanently threaten vision if not addressed within two months. This means that many appointments will need to be rescheduled. Additionally, some of our office locations may be closed on certain days, as patient volumes are expected to decrease significantly. If you are unsure whether to come in for your visit, please call us.

The clinic is also establishing a telemedicine service to address eye problems that are less urgent, which can be managed over the phone by a physician.

The doctors at Central Valley Eye will not be performing any non-urgent surgeries until further notice. Our surgery coordinators will be contacting patients to reschedule the surgeries that need to be postponed.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 209-952-3700.

Warmest regards,

Brandy Simpson
Practice Manager
Central Valley Eye Medical Group, Inc.

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